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Making Her Mark on Women’s Rights ... in Japan

by Leslie Berliant, Contributing writer

May 11, 2010 | 5:43 pm

Beate Sirota Gordon

Beate Sirota Gordon has lived the life of a trailblazer, albeit accidentally, she says.

While spending her adolescence in Tokyo, where her pianist father taught at the Imperial Academy of... read full article

  • KCRW’s Ruth Seymour Offers Rich Legacy to Jewish Community

    By Tom Tugend

    May 11, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    For a woman who says she has never been much involved in the Jewish community, Ruth Seymour has probably introduced more people to an appreciation of Jewish stories and music than any other Los Angeles media figure.

    But not only Yiddish aficionados mourned when Seymour announced...

  • IKAR’s Brous Tapped as ‘Woman to Watch’

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 2, 2010 | 8:38 pm

    Jewish Women International celebrated their 12th annual group of “Women to Watch” by honoring IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous with one of its 10 national awards.

    The event, held in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7, recognizes “exceptional Jewish women” who are “inspiring...

  • Cancer survivor brings art, courage to other patients

    By Rachel Heller

    September 18, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Judi Kaufman has trouble remembering numbers. So the two-time brain cancer survivor, who is now living with her third tumor, assigns colors to numbers to help keep them straight.

    The system is simple and intuitive: zero is white, 13 is black. Eighteen -- chai -- is red.

    "Red is the...

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  • Freshman Israeli filmmaker earns three Emmy nods

    By Justin Rudzki, Israel21c

    September 18, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Arranging a telephone interview with Israeli documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia requires the scheduling dexterity of a flight attendant: She is constantly en route to someplace else -- making movies, promoting various projects and generally wheeling and dealing. And the sense is...
  • Q&A with Rhoda Weisman -- Jewish woman on top

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2008 | 11:59 pm

    Rhoda Weisman, executive director of the Professional Leaders Project, which is designed to engender and support a new generation of leaders in the Jewish community, talks about why the Jewish establishment needs to change, why young leaders are just as crucial as big donors and what...
  • Rabbi Leah Kroll takes solo trip to fulfill aliyah dreams

    By Tom Tugend

    September 3, 2008 | 9:15 pm

    Rabbi Leah Kroll has been dreaming about living in Israel since she was a teenager at a Jewish summer camp in California, and now at 55, she has said goodbye to her mother, three adult children and one grandchild, boarded an El Al jet and made aliyah.

    The Los Angeles native comes...

  • Deferred dream comes true for actress Nan Tepper

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 2008 | 1:09 am

    "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" African American poet Langston Hughes asked.

    Not always. Take the case of Nan Tepper, who deferred her dream for half a century but, at 77, is now winning plaudits as the iron-willed grandmother in Neil...

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